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Breakdown (1997)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 2 May 1997 (USA)
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A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert.

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Storyline

Jeff and Amy Taylor are moving to California and must drive across the country. When they find themselves stranded in the middle of a desert with hardly anyone or anything around, their trip comes to a sudden halt. Amy had taken a ride with a friendly trucker to a small diner to call for help, but after a long time, Jeff becomes worried. He finds that no one in the diner has seen or heard from his wife. When he finds the trucker who gave Amy the ride, the trucker swears he has never seen her. Now Jeff must attempt to find his wife, who has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. But who can he trust? Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong violence/terror and language | See all certifications »

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2 May 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,307,128 (USA) (2 May 1997)

Gross:

$50,129,186 (USA) (15 August 1997)
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The game Red's son is playing at the house is Ultimate Doom (1993). See more »

Goofs

In the final chase sequence, Jeff attempts to shoot out Red Barr's truck tires. After a few shots, a click is heard from the pistol and Jeff tells his wife he is out of bullets. A pistol does not just make a click when it is out of ammunition. If Jeff was out of bullets the slide on the pistol would automatically lock back, confirming all rounds were fired. See more »

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Jeff: [pointing a gun at Red] You'd better pray she's still alive.
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References Used Cars (1980) See more »

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Nobody Knows
(1997)
Written by Jeffrey Pescetto
Performed by Robbyn Kirmsse
Produced by Jeffrey Pescetto
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that Red is a bad Mother Trucker
21 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kurt Russell is excellent in this taunt, thrilling, non-stop action film. Russell plays Jeff, a husband who has to get his wife back after she's abducted by a trucker after their jeep breaks down and she accepts a ride from him. Every actor is almost pitch perfect for the parts they play and the movie was very enjoyable. J.T. Walsh is suitably menacing as Red,in my mind, but this IS Kurt's movie through and through. Mr. Russell has to be one of my favorite actors working today. And this film has to be one of the best 'Chase for family member' type movie in the last decade..HIGHLY recommended

My Grade: A

Where I saw it: HBO plus


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